Although core questions about human existence were part of a classical education, today many students struggle to connect their classroom experiences to ultimate concerns such as questions of moral truth, the common good, and virtue. Gaining wisdom, deepening faith, developing virtues, and building friendships have been separated from acquiring knowledge. Without a passion for truth and an intimate community of peers, intellectual pursuits may not lead to flourishing lives and thriving communities. This is why Scala aims to:
Model how a challenging learning environment can take place in an atmosphere of hospitality
Explore the philosophical assumptions behind what students are learning
Promote virtues such as thoroughness, intellectual courage, and creative thinking
Scala is the Latin word for ladder.
The two sides of a ladder symbolize the need for balance between body and soul.
The steps of the ladder represent that we ascend to excellence while also descending in humility.
A ladder also symbolizes that being well-rooted in community life holds us steady as we climb to contemplate eternal truths.
Who We Are
Board of Trustees
Renzo Canetta, MD
Margarita Mooney, PhD
Founder & Executive Director
Neda Cvijetic, PhD
Ana Cecilia Fieler, PhD
Academic Advisory Committee
Hank Edmondson, PhD
Professor of Government, Georgia College
James B. Murphy, PhD
Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
Thomas Joseph White, PhD
Director, Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies
Roosevelt Montás, PhD
Director, Center for Core Curriculum, Columbia College
Frederick Simmons, PhD
Research Scholar, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dean, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
John Inazu, JD, PhD
Professor of Law and Religion, Washington University in St. Louis
Carlo Lancellotti, PhD
Professor of Mathematics, College of Staten Island and the City University of New York
Michael Paul Cartledge
Events and Development Assistant